Martha Attema’s award-winning novels are inspired by family experiences and historical events during WWII. Born in Friesland, the Netherlands, she moved to Canada in 1981. As a kindergarten teacher she wrote stories for her students, eventually fulfilling her dream of becoming a published author.
When the Dikes Breached (Historical Fiction
Awesome Wildlife Defenders, a young reader novel, is the story of eleven-year-old Rebecca, who is struggling with panic attacks. Life becomes complicated when her eccentric class teacher teams her up with her classmate, Cedar, on a project about the endangered northern spotted owl.
“An excellent story about friendship, team work, mental health, family and the quest to save endangered animals. An excellent read-aloud choice, [that] would certainly initiate class discussions.” – Canadian Review of Materials